Winter Hair Care

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Even though the rest of the country is knee deep in snow, out here in the sticks we have yet to see any. However with temperatures at -10C at the moment, my hair needs extra special care.

So here are some tips for getting through the cold winter weather and tackling the drying effects of the 

Prevention better than cure
Do a bit of dusting or trim your hair early on in the winter season to get rid of slightly split ends before cold winter days cause breakage where those split ends were. Also try to do any chemical treatments early on. There is nothing I hate more than relaxing my hair and then having to go out Christmas shopping etc. Not only is it incredibly cold but the weather will contribute to that drying effect that chemicals have.


Eradicate Buildup
In the winter I tend to moisturise more than usual. All that extra moisturising and product can cause serious product buildup, especially if you're only washing your hair every few days. At least once a week, try using a natural cleansing shampoo that's free of sodium lauryl sulfate, and once a month try clarifying shampoo to remove all that excess product from the hair. Don't forget to condition after every shampoo! I use Curls Clarifying Shampoo and that works for me.

Moisturise and Seal
A light styling cream or leave in conditioner keeps ends from drying and frizzing and helps keep hair neat. It is also a good idea to seal in that moisture. Oil Mixtures like KeraCare Essential Oil, or Mizani Supreme Oil are quite good.


Up Do's and Protective Styles
In order to protect your hair from the elements an up do or other protective style is just the ticket and keeps your hair off your collar and away from woollen scarfs that can cause breakage.

Silk Lining in your Hats
As mentioned, wool and cotton can cause breakage particularly on the neck line where hair meets collars and scarf. But dont forget that hats can also contribute to this so try and wear ones lined with silk or satin. You ca also do this yourself to existing hats.

Embrace Your /inner AfroDeity
Leilu


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